Earth Counterpart is a world who’s presence became clear to me many years ago, a vibrant living pristine world of high vibrational energies, of similar dimensions to Earth, but with vastly different landmasses, climates, flora and possible fauna. It is a planet much like Earth, sharing the same solar orbital path but located directly on the opposite side of the sun, therefore obscured from Earth’s view. I have been conducting an exploration for many years and recording my findings in a series of drawings, paintings, and maps.
Like the Earth, the planet rotates on it’s axis from west to east at approximately 1000 miles per hour at the Equator. Earth Counterpart is 1.25% larger than Earth and measures about 30,000 miles around the Equator compared to Earth’s equatorial circumference of 24,000 miles. The size differential results in a 30 hour daily rotation compared to 24 hours on Earth, and an aproximately 292 day per year solar orbit while Earth is at 365 days per year. Earth Counterpart’s gravitational field is linked to its greater planetary mass and therefore it’s surface gravity is proportionaltely greater than that of Earth. The geology, soils and rocks appear to be of very Earth-like substances, and it’s air is breathable and quite oxigen rich. My Exploration so far has taken me to to specific locations In the Northern Hemisphere where I have collected topographic, weather, and plant data from the north pole south to about fifteen degrees latitude. What follows is that data plus planetary maps, year round weather readings, and paintings of the locations.
ROLAND'S ARTIST STATEMENT
“The body of work I call Earth Counterpart combines is a unique blend of art, science, and imagination. As an ongoing project, an exploration and study of a theoretical world. I have designed highly detailed topographic, climactic and vegetation models for Earth Counterpart, all of which are still evolving. The results are both surprising and fascinating. After accumulating enough data about a location, I proceed with a drawing or a painting. The visual art is not merely a depiction, but an expression of the unique exploration with unusual possibilities. The viewer, like the artist, is a pioneer, experiencing these new environments alone and for the first time. The accompanying maps and charts help to navigate through the terrain as well as answer questions. Each step of this process enhances the next. Each visual poses new questions. Each map creates new possibilities.”
"Much of my time and research has focused on the climates of Earth Counterpart. The ongoing exploration has revealed a fascinating Earth-like weather system, with major differences. The axis of Earth Counterpart is a more upright 18 degrees in comparison to Earth’s tilted 23 degrees. This results in sunlight reaching the poles virtually all winter and a more evenly heated planet overall. Earth Counterpart is covered with a much greater amount of ocean, it’s atmosphere is composed of properties in proportions quite similar to those of Earth, with a higher yet stable amount of carbon. It’s ocean temperatures are much warmer contributing to a warmer and deeper atmosphere , ambient air is warmer at both low and higher latitudes resulting in extremely hot and humid conditions at the lower latitudes that would make them unsuitable for habitation, and surprisingly mild temperate climates closer to the poles. Rainfall is greater in all regions especially at the lower latitudes where large regions can receive over 450 inches a year. Warm ocean current access to both polar regions is also a big factor in the mild and sub-tropic climates common at high latitudes , unlike earth which does not have warm ocean access to either of it’s poles resulting in huge expanses of glacier and floating sea ice. Earth Counterpart’s north pole has minimal winter floating sea ice, while it’s south pole has none. Overall compared to Earth a warmer and wetter planet, ideal for supporting plant life and perhaps other forms of life as well. "
“The plant life on Earth Counterpart appears to be genetically related to the plants of Earth. They function utilizing the same elements and processes for photosynthesis. Like Earth some are very specialized to a region while others appear to grow transregional. The Northern Hemisphere is covered with great forests, swamps, and open terrains at both high and low latitudes. Much of the woodland and lower latitude regions are inpenetrable. The extremely heat and high humidities make for tough conditions in the field. There are open vast savannas in some areas suggesting seasonal rainfall, while no arid regions have yet been discovered. In all these places one can observe many plant species that seem to be of a familiar origin but with vastly different growing habits. appearing as if they are more evolved versions of Earth’s such as deciduous and multiple frond neo palms, tree mosses, extra evolved grasses, evolved treelike fungus and mushroom, cycad/conifer hybrids, and broad leaf hybrids among the multitudes to be found here. I have done sketches and paintings of locations in different regions as a way to chronicle this diversity. I have to wonder that if plants evolve and flourish so differently here and would sentient life do so as well?"